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In a representative democracy, men and women serving in public office – whether elected or appointed – must view their service as a public trust.   Each day, men and women raise their right hands to be sworn in as executives, legislators and administrators, agreeing to protect and defend the constitutions of the United States and of their home States, and the laws, rules and regulations of their governmental subdivisions. 

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September 2, 2014 Australia to scrap plan for dumping near Great Barrier Reef: AFR

Source: Reuters

Australia will abandon plans to dump 3 million cubic meters of dredged sand into the Great Barrier Reef area in its effort to create the world's biggest coal port, the Australian Financial Review reported on Tuesday.

September 2, 2014 Burger King has maneuvered to cut U.S. tax bill for years

Source: Reuters

Burger King may have taken a lot of flack in the past week for a deal that should curb its U.S. tax bill but in many ways it is consistent with the burger chain’s aggressive tax-reduction strategies in recent years.

September 2, 2014 California Sets Stage for First Groundwater Regulations

Source: Bloomberg

California lawmakers have sent Governor Jerry Brown legislation that would for the first time regulate groundwater use as the most-populous U.S. state suffers from a record drought.

Research & Insights

August 8, 2014 The Federal Reserve Is Telling Us The Economy Is Pitiful

Source: Huff Post

Fewer than one-third of Americans report being better off financially than they were five years ago, with weak household savings and hefty debt burdens holding back large segments of the economy, according to a new Federal...

July 21, 2014 Americans Say Business Background Is Best for Governing

Source: Gallup

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Four in five Americans (81%) say the U.S. would be better governed if more people with business and management experience were in political office. Meanwhile, 63% say the country would be better governed with...

July 3, 2014 Obama: more reforms needed to wring risk from banks - report

Source: Reuters

President Barack Obama said on Wednesday he wants additional financial reforms to make sure banks are not tempted to make risky bets that can pay off handsomely for a few if they succeed but can cause widely felt disruptions if...

Commentary & Opinion

August 19, 2014 Opinion: Why America and Americans are Exceptional?

Source: India New England

In the September of 2013, President Barack Obama claimed while addressing the United Nations that America and Americans are exceptional because of certain, special traits. Russian President Vladimir Putin and other World leaders...

August 7, 2014 The Muddled Road to Overhauling Corporate Taxes

Source: NY Times

Every loophole has its lover. That’s why, despite the furor that has erupted over American companies adopting foreign headquarters to reduce their taxes, it is proving so difficult to fix a corporate tax system that most everyone...

August 7, 2014 Our Dysfunctional National Government Is Incapable of Building a Sustainable Economy

Source: The Energy Collective

My Columbia University colleagues Bill Eimicke and Alison Miller recently joined me in authoring a new book entitled Sustainability Policy: Hastening the Transition to A Cleaner Economy. If all goes well, Jossey-Bass publishers...


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